Tortoise in Love




Today, the premier for Tortoise in Love takes place in Leicester Sqaure.  I had to let you all know about it, as the story of how this came about is amazing.

Guy Browning, resident of small Oxfordshire village, Kingston Bagpuize had an idea to make a film based on local eccentrics.  He shared the idea in the village meeting and everyone fell for it - hook, line and sinker.

The village became a live movie set, with all the villagers taking part from the local hairdresser providing hair and make-up services, young mums helped with the sales and design and publicity, retired folk provided the drivers, stewards, props and logistics support as well as the church choir providing the score.  Locals were all part of the crew and the Kingston W.I. even provided the catering.

Locals dontated as much as they could, either through cash or services rendered and a total of £500k was raised to contribute to the making of the film.  In exchange they got shares in the film and any future profits have been agreed to go to village improvement projects. How cool is that?!!

So - what is the film about?  Here is the synopsis for the movie - which I found on the movie's website.

Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand.

Definitely a feel good rom-com to get the hearts fluttering and I will definitely be going to see it at the cinemas when it comes out - the film is due to be released on the 13th July in the UK, so watch out for it!

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